|Chrome Apps Are No More - End Of An Era
|Written by Mike James
|Thursday, 16 January 2020
People are reporting the imminent demise of the Chrome App as another example of Google dumping anything it cares to. But there is more - the Chrome App was also an idea whose time seems to be over.
Chrome Apps are being phased out. The official timetable is:
We knew that Chrome Apps were dead on Windows, Mac and Linux, but the big surprise is that Chrome Apps are no more on Chrome OS as well as in the browser. This is quite a turnaround because the idea was that Chrome OS was based on the idea of the browser as OS and Chrome Apps were the natural "native" apps for the platform. As the Chrome Apps web site (still) says:
This was the dream of web apps as good as native apps and this idea has partially died along with the Chrome App and this is why it marks an end of an era.
Now that they have gone what do you do if you want to write a Chrome OS app? Your choices are to write an Android app or a Linux program or code a website as a single-page app. Given that you can add a desktop icon for your website, you can still make it look like a native app. What Google suggests you do is to create a Progressive Web App (PWA) and if there isn't a suitable API for the features you need you should create a browser extension to provide it.
While it is true that you can create offline apps with PWA, it was originally thought that Chrome OS would extend the idea of Chrome Apps until the combined ecosystem would rival desktop operating systems like Windows. This no longer seems to be Google's target. It is difficult to know what is.
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|Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2020 )